How to get better fuel economy

How to get better fuel economy

One of the best trade-offs for getting your car serviced and maintained on regular basis regularly is having a car that runs at peak performance and consumes less gas. Check out how these simple steps can help reduce your pain at the pump.

Pump up the tire pressure
Where the rubber meets the road is one of the most important factors in improving fuel economy. Even having one tire that’s below the recommend pressure can easily add a large amount of friction or drag and contribute to poor fuel economy. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual to check the correct tire pressure as recommended by the auto maker. Most vehicles have a sticker listing the correct tire pressure with the driver’s door jamb or on the fuel cap door.

Set those wheels straight straight
Wheel alignment is another easily corrected contributor to poor fuel economy, but it’s often overlooked. Unless your tires are visibly worn unevenly, it may be hard to tell if they’re in correct alignment. Bumps in the road, accidental contact with curbs or parking blocks and potholes can all cause bad alignment. Get your wheels checked and aligned to help improve your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Keep up with schedule maintenance
Engine oil that’s overdue for change causes increased friction and wear, resulting in reduced fuel efficiency. Worn spark plugs can cause inefficient combustion, wasting fuel. Over time, these and other neglected maintenance items can add up to bad fuel economy. Keeping to the maintenance schedule helps ensure hidden problems don’t unnoticed.

Ease up on the accelerator
The easiest fuel-saving tips doesn’t cost a single penny, just a few slight alterations to driving habits. Avoid hard accelerations, which are inherently fuel inefficient. Drive at or around the speed limit – you won’t arrive any later. Combine multiple trips into one pre-planned route.

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